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4/20/2015

4/20/2015

Thirty-one vacant school buildings are scattered across the city, relics of a time when St. Louis was teeming with children. As students have left for the suburbs and charter schools, the district’s student population has fallen from its peak of 115,543 in 1967 to about 26,000 this year.

4/20/2015

Mothers whose children suffer seizures speak in support of a bill that would have schools treat marijuana like other prescription drugs, but federal law is seen as an obstacle.

4/20/2015

Amid growing concern that such practices can cause serious injury and even death in K-12 classrooms, the proposed policy prohibits school districts from using chemical restraints, such as sedatives or other medications, or mechanical restraints like straps, harnesses and ties.

4/20/2015

Indiana student achievement will most likely diminish as public education loses money to voucher schools—and because the state cannot regulate curriculum at private schools that accept vouchers, taxpayers are subsidizing “education of uncertain quality,” a national think tank reports.

4/20/2015

Chicago Public Schools chief Barbara Byrd-Bennett is taking a paid leave of absence in the face of a federal investigation that subpoenas show is taking a broad approach in its search for information about the district's decision to award a $20.5 million no-bid contract.

4/20/2015

The Every Child Succeeds Act—a bipartisan education bill to replace the controversial No Child Left Behind law and reduce the federal government's power over schools—cleared its first big hurdle last week.

4/20/2015

Dianna Wentzell spent nine years teaching social studies or writing in public schools, two years teaching world history at a magnet school, and one year teaching various subjects in Pakistan. Those are qualifications Gov. Dannel Malloy's first controversial commissioner did not have.

4/17/2015

4/17/2015

Six schools want special permission from the state to hire teachers not certified in the subject they're teaching. It's one of the ideas the Coalition of Innovative School Districts thinks will improve Kansas schools.

4/17/2015

The Ann Arbor Public Schools Board of Education voted to ban dangerous weapons, including guns, from school buildings and property. Under a new policy, a weapon such as a gun in a school constitutes an emergency.

4/17/2015

E-cigarette use among high school students increased from 4.5 percent in 2013 to 13.4 percent in 2014. Among middle school students, the rate rose from 1.1. percent in 2013 to 3.9 percent in 2014. The 2014 National Youth Tobacco Survey also found that e-cigarette use has surpassed that of every other tobacco product.

4/17/2015

Gov. Steve Bullock awarded several Montana schools a special grant to help expand school breakfast programs. Nearly $60,000 in privately funded grants was given to 16 schools across the state. The funds are provided to help schools pay for equipment such as carts and kiosks.

4/17/2015

A measure to give additional funding to K12 education got bipartisan approval from the Senate Education Committee. With nearly 11,000 new students expected in the state system next year, the funding will amount to $269 more per student.

4/17/2015

Almost 600 of the 800 Illinois school districts will have $97 million in state funding restored after a budget deal brokered last month between Gov. Bruce Rauner and legislative leaders cut money for education, with about one-third going to Chicago schools and the rest scattered among the other districts.

4/17/2015

The Senate passed a bill designed to decriminalize school truancy. Texas is one of only two states that employ the criminal justice system to punish truancy.

4/16/2015

4/16/2015

The state Senate passed a controversial policy that would allow parents of students at underperforming public schools to demand fixes from the state commissioner of education, including hiring new staff, contracting with a charter school operator to take over management or closing the school altogether.

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